Two-faced

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These sunglasses and this shirt are both from Madewell, and this skirt and these shoes are both from Ann Taylor. On any given day, there’s a good chance you’ll find me wearing one or both of these brands. Which is sort of interesting considering they’re so different. AT’s very “I’m going out for cocktails after my board meeting,” while Madewell’s very “I’m going out for beers after a music festival.” There’s probably something very deep I could say about myself here, but my brain is shot from studying, so I’ll leave it to you.

Have a great weekend!

Skirt (on sale) // Shoes (on sale) // similar Shirt // Sunglasses // similar Bag (on sale) // Ring // Necklace*

*Necklace provided courtesy of oNecklace.

The Basics

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I’m always looking for stand-out pieces, whether it’s bright colors, patterns, unique shapes, or other little details. But I do in fact have “basics” in my closet. I don’t usually wear this many of them at one time, though. It’s not so bad. It feels very French, n’est-ce pas? Maybe I should try it more often.

I wore this on Saturday to head down to Bloomington for a friend’s graduation party. Not knowing what kind of party it would be, I thought some casual but classy basics (and some snazzy shoes) would work. I guess they did because no one kicked me out. If you need someone to wear casual but classy basics to your next party, I’m available and looking for practice. Parties that serve lots of good cheese and/or cupcakes will have first priority.

Jeans (on sale) // similar Shirt (under $25) // similar Jacket* (under $15) // similar Necklace (on sale) // Shoes (also in yellow which I’m seriously considering!) // Sunglasses // similar Bag // same Bag in black // Lips “Lip Bomb #2”

Basics & Snazzy Shoes on Repeat. It’s the Real Life Remix…

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*Jacket purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Olive Juice

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After we got back from Chicago, I had one more day to spend with my lovely parents back home in Indianapolis. My mom isn’t a big fan of shopping (clearly that quality is not hereditary), so she likes to save up her shopping energy for when she’s with me. We spent a few hours on Monday at the mall and both had success! It’s funny – we usually like to shop at the same stores like Nordstrom and Ann Taylor, but we are drawn to different things. But our biggest difference is our tastes in shoes. To me, these shoes are cute and relatively comfortable. To my mom, they’re medieval torture devices. To each her own, I suppose.

For the record, I didn’t wear these shoes while shopping. I changed my shoes and bag in the evening when we joined our other halves for one last scrumptious dinner at the Northside Social. If you’re in the Indianapolis area, I highly recommend it! I’m hoping I can use their cornbread it as bait to get my parents back up here soon – I miss those old folks already! (And I kinda miss the cornbread too.)

Dress (on sale) // similar Belt /  Bracelet // Shoes (on sale) // Clutch

Spring for a Day

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You already know I had a great day last Friday (because I got to see Clinton Kelly in action) but did I mention that pretty much every other thing about the day was fabulous? Like for one thing, it actually felt like spring so I could wear this. It was so glorious, I took the whole day off from all things school related just so I could enjoy it to the fullest. Of course now it’s freezing again, and spring break is over, so I’m just going to stay inside with my books today and every once in a while glance at these photos to remember when my life was less tragic.

Dress (on sale in blue) // similar Bag // similar Jacket (on sale) // Boots (on sale) // similar Necklace // Bracelet (on sale)// similar Sunglasses // similar Lips (mine is a Bite custom color, but try Tropical Coral)

Saturday Shopping: Madewell Sale

Madewell sale picks

Yesterday I pretty much proclaimed my Madewell dress the best thing since Netflix streaming, and it just so happens that the dress – along with A LOT of other stuff – is now on sale, with an extra 30% off through March 10th! I hate to be the one to encourage others to break their budgets, but considering it’s early in the month, I’m hoping that won’t happen to anyone.

So (keeping responsible spending in mind, of course), here are a few of my favorites from the sale. If you’ve never shopped at Madewell before, the name doesn’t lie. I have absolutely no complaints about anything I’ve ever bought there! Madewell is part of the J. Crew family, so sizing is similar. Happy shopping!

Gray dress: $85

Leather trim shorts: $70

Beaded sleeve tee: $50

Necklace: $36

Bien Fait bandana: $12

Striped pocket tee: $39

Bow flats (also in black): $47

Striped skirt: $46

 (all prices reflect extra 30% off using code DAYLIGHT, rounded up to next dollar)

Shop the full sale here.

But Not a Real Green Dress, That’s Cruel

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Well folks…it’s the big debut! I raved about this dress in my February budget post, and now you can probably see why I love it. It’s totally comfortable, fits me like a glove, and has a perfectly classy but fun shape. The pictures don’t even do it justice – it’s a nice sturdy ponte-ish material so I’m optimistic that it will last me many wears. And it better, because I already have at least 2 spring outfits planned in my head. How great will this color look with leopard print, right? OH! And pockets! Who doesn’t love a dress with pockets?! Do I put anything in the pockets? Of course not. But I like knowing they’re there.

The dress also comes in cobalt blue and in gray/black colorblock. It probably wouldn’t hurt to keep my eye on the clearance rack later in the season. Just in case.

Surprisingly, Madewell did not pay me to write this post. But they probably should. I accept wire transfers, Madewell. Call me.

Best Dress Ever (on sale) // similar Turtleneck // Boots // similar Necklace // Lips “Romantic”

Go for Gold

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I really didn’t plan on dressing like America, but that’s what happened. It must be the Olympic spirit. Do you guys watch the winter games? I love them, but I must admit I don’t always root for the USA. I mean that’s my default, but if someone from another country has a great back story or is wearing a great outfit (um, hello Norwegian curling team), I will not-so-secretly hope they win. Maybe that’s unpatriotic of me, but I’m not too worried about it. I have a feeling Team USA will win plenty of medals without my help.

OK, moving on. I posted an Instagram from the Target dressing room last week and got a lot of YESes for this jacket. Or maybe it was just 2, but whatever. Well, I’m nothing if not a good listener, so I went back for it! The best part? At $40, it’s a much more wallet-friendly (and nearly identical) version of the J. Crew field jacket. Score. I would totally win the gold medal for shopping.

Jacket // similar Dress // Boots // Necklace* // Lips “Please Me”

*Necklace provided courtesy of Max & Chloe.

Lifesaver

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These boots are my new lifesaver. Or legsaver I guess. I’ve been wearing jeans A LOT recently just because it’s so cold that I can’t bear to expose my legs (even with tights) to the elements. But at a certain point I just get tired of jeans. And by “I get tired of jeans,” I mean “all my jeans are in the ginormous pile of laundry in the corner of my bedroom.” Then I realized that my over-the-knee boots give me an extra 4 inches or so of coverage compared to regular old knee-high boots. It makes a big difference, lemme tell you. Plus I wear tall socks for an extra layer. So that leaves just a couple inches of thigh out in the cold. I’m not a doctor but I’m thinking [even my] thighs have more insulation than the lower half of the leg…amiright, ladies?

Boots (on sale) // Sweater* // similar Skirt // Sunglasses (on sale) // similar Watch // Lips “Crush”

P.S. Just discovered that these boots also come in beige…and they’re on sale. Very tempting, indeed…

*Sweater provided courtesy of Magnolia Boutique.

28 Years Later

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I would like to take this opportunity to wish myself a happy birthday! Feel free to follow suit. There’s not much exciting about turning 28, especially when your birthday falls on a Tuesday. Luckily, a dozen of my wonderful friends celebrated with me on Sunday, which is when I wore this outfit. We started off with an epic champagne brunch, so naturally I wore a shirt with fruit all over it. If there was ever a shirt that said “I came to get my brunch on,” then this is it.

Brunch was followed by shopping, more cocktails, and then a movie. Not everyone’s idea of a fun day, but it’s definitely mine! You have to do what I want because it’s my birthday, dammit. And I came to get my brunch on.

Shirt // Skirt // Bracelet* // vintage Coach bag via eBay // similar Sunglasses

*Bracelet gifted to me by House of Gemmes.

Fruit Suit Riot (Riot!)

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When I decide to take a picture of Kristin taking my picture (see the Instagram here)…

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When I want to wear something really quirky – like, say, a t-shirt with fruit on it – to work, I just try to make the rest of the outfit match and tie it down with your usual boring work staples. The other option is just to wait until the weekend to wear a fruity t-shirt, but clearly I’m not capable of postponing my fruitiness.

Shirt, and there’s a Dress! // similar Cardigan (under $25) // similar Bag // Rose Gold Bracelet // similar Spike Bracelet // Lipstick “Romantic”